I almost forgot....I had to write Emma's obituary for the Pet Loss Group:
Emma Rose Romero was born on Dec 09, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is survived by her mother, father, and her sister (from another litter) Tulip. She is also survived by her Aunt Sylvia, Aunt Angie, and as well as her best friends Niko & Leylah.
She came to live with her mom and dad 6 weeks later. The first night with us, we tried putting her in the kitchen, with a bed and protected by a baby gate. She whined & cried so much, that dad finally gave in and brought her to bed. In the morning, mom was completely covered in urine. Emma knew from that moment on, she would be a princess and would probably get away with anything she wanted.
Emma grew up in Westfield, Indiana, where she loved the snow but was not fond of the humid & hot summers. Emma was also never fond of getting wet, so baths were not her favorite pastime. She would constantly chew on any wood, as well as dad’s fingers, during her teething age. When Emma was 8 months old, she met her rescued sister Tulip. In true sister fashion, Emma and Tulip loved each other and also got on each other’s nerves. For the next 5.5 years, they only spent 2 nights apart.
Emma never knew a hard day in her life. She always had a choice of couches, ottomans, and king sized beds to sleep in, so she never knew the meaning of frostbite. She never knew what it felt like to sleep outside and she always had the pleasure of an air-conditioned house. Emma never went a day without fresh filtered water and she never knew what it meant to go to bed without a full dinner and treats. A doggie door and a fenced yard always gave her the freedom to come and go as she pleased.
Emma loved going to the dog park 3 or 4 times per week, walks around the neighborhood and walks in Cool Creek Park. She also loved eating small pieces of steak, sushi, and Mcdonalds hamburgers with no onions. For dessert, a small scoop of vanilla ice cream was the best. Her best trick, when asked “show me what you want”, was to nudge the kitchen pantry door for a treat. For her second trick, if she wanted her head scratched, she would not hesitate to nudge you with her nose until you obliged her.
Emma loved her mom more than anything. No one came before mom. They had a bond that could never be broken. Dad was always proud of their bond, and it was this bond that made him realize the he loved Emma more than he loved himself. It was truly unconditional love. On June 15th 2016, Emma passed away due to complications from cardial lymphoma. She was five and a half years old. It was a peaceful passing, surround by some of the best doctors that Purdue University has to offer. She will always be missed and never forgotten